Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has cleared the air on a recent viral video on social media where a suspected COVID-19 patient was inappropriately evacuated from his home in Ilorin.
The Governor, while speaking with newsmen at the State’s Isolation centre, in Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, on Friday, said a call was placed and an ambulance was despatched to the place, which is the suspected patient’s home with clear instructions for the ambulance driver to wait for the Response Team to come.
He said the victim used to be a tenant in the house and was evicted for failure to pay his rents and decided to reside in his car in front of the same house out of frustration.
The Governor explained further that there was animosity between him and those who resides in the house, and he fell ill in the process while living in his car.
“When the ambulance got to the scene, the occupants of the house and members of the community who have reasons to get him out, bundled him into the van in a malicious way.”
“The people you see around the ambulance were not members of the team but his neighbours who wanted him out of the environment.”
“He was brought here and the result came in from Ede and it returned negative”, the Governor said.
He urged members of the community to work with each other, so that such thing do not happen again.
The Governor further explained that the state has learnt from it and the team must always move together rather than in batches.
The Governor was at the State’s Isolation centre for training and retraining of the medical personnel handling COVID-19 patient to ensure that all the right protocols are been observed.
Despite the spike in the number of cases in the State, the Governor said he is not considering locking the state down for now but will always follow the Federal Government’s directives.
The Governor, while speaking on the growing number of cases in the State, said the patients are initially mostly from Lagos and later from the North Western part of the country.
He expressed gratitude to the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Police for proactive interception of travelers.
Governor AbdulRahman sighted a scenario where a vehicle was intercepted with 35 occupants, five of them according to him tested positive while others where quarantined at the Hadji camp.